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Do gallstones affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Gallstones can affect children, but children don't get them as often as adults do. Risk factors like obesity and a family history of gallstones increase a child's chances for getting the condition. Certain blood diseases like sickle cell anemia are also factors that raise a child's risks. As with adults, eating fatty foods can make symptoms worse, and bring on nausea and vomiting. Surgery to remove the gallbladder is the only way to permanently get rid of a child's gallstones.

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